09 Jan Wed, 9 Jan (Mark 6:46)
And when He had taken leave of them, He went off to the mountain to pray. Mark 6:46
Devotions snippets: St. Augustine said, “Let us hear the Word of God in stillness and perhaps we will then come to understand it.” Prayer time gives us an opportunity to be still and hear God’s direction for our lives.
Pat’s Tidbits: On Wed of each week, my extended family unites in praying the Rosary. While praying the Rosary on the way to work this morning, I felt inspired to encourage our group to have routine prayer time: when we rise each morning (Joe Hourigan tip), before every meal (even in public), periodically throughout the day, and when we go to bed. Periodically throughout the day could include praying at every red light (Jane Hauffe tip), when you hear an ambulance/fire truck (Angi Castle tip), and when someone asks you…do it on the spot (Sr. Francelle tip). Sr. Margarette Mary said to offer up our daily struggles as a prayer offering for an intention. Routinely visiting with God (praising, asking, listening) in prayer leads to a relationship with Him that keeps our faith alive and brings clarity to our role in the Body of Christ. A prayer routine leads us closer to St. Paul’s challenge for us to pray unceasingly. Plus, family and friends who pray together…stay together. Needless to say, I was pretty jazzed when I saw today’s verse confirming this message (received in prayer) was a prompting of the Holy Spirit!
Here are a few comments from Rich: “I felt inspired to comment about this mornings readings. I heard the preacher say on the radio this morning as I was driving from the gym to work, “Unbelief is the root of all anxiety.” I then walked to my office, settled down, and began my readings and the theme continues. “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!” (Mark 6:50) Coincidence, … I think not! I think God is trying to tell me something with the busy semester getting underway. When I find myself stressing about things, that the root of my worries might be that I have some doubt that God will be there for me always. From now on, every time I feel anxiety coming over me that I need to focus on letting go of control and having faith that God is with me.” Through Christ Our Lord,PatPhil 4:13*Today’s Bible
*Welcome God into your day by reading Living Faith (http://www.livingfaith.com/) each morning before work (~1 min).
*If you are especially inspired by today’s devotion, consider sharing your inspiration with the distro group.
*Consider forwarding this daily Living Faith devotion email to your friends/family or have me add them to the distro list. Let’s joyfully live out the Good News and gladly spread it to those around us (Mark 16:15)!